the Locked out Generation
‘time to save a deposit in the north east nearly triples in a decade’
Government backed schemes increasingly providing lifeline in desperate times
On average in the NE saving a deposit will now take 55 monthsA decade ago it took 20 monthsFirst time buyer numbers have plummeted by 64% in 10 yearsGovernment schemes increasingly important to help families get on to the property ladder
New research released today starkly illustrates the scale of the challenge faced by today’s young people wishing to buy a home – and how much the situation has deteriorated in the last decade.
On average in the North East, somebody in their 20s wanting to purchase the average first time buyer home (£109,180) would have to save a deposit of £21,836. Even saving 33% of their net income it would take them nearly 5 years – 55 months to put together the necessary deposit. In 2002, a person in the same circumstances would have saved a deposit in under 2 years.
The reality is even harsher. When you factor in the costs of paying rent, utility bills and council tax, while trying to save a deposit, the scale of the challenge faced by today’s young people becomes apparent. For potential first time buyers in their twenties saving half of their discretionary net income (that is, net income after paying council tax, rent, energy and water bills) it will take on average in the North East more than 6 years to put together a deposit for their first home.
This increasing ‘deposit gap’ has seen the number of FTBs plummet and created a Locked-out Generation. In the five years to 2002 the number of first time buyers in England averaged 543,000 each year. In the last five years to 2012 that number has collapsed to 197,000.
The figures are revealed in HBF’s latest Broken Ladder report – ‘The Locked-out Generation - A decade of decline and the deposit gap’. It is the third such report to be published and identifies the increasing lack of accessibility to the housing market at a time when supply is critically low.
However, there is some hope emerging for people looking to buy. Government-backed schemes such as Newbuy and Firstbuy are providing a lifeline for an increasing number of people who would otherwise be excluded.
Newbuy, allows people to buy a new build home with a 5% deposit. This cuts the average FTB deposit to a more realistic £5459. More than 3,000 people have reserved a home through NewBuy already and the first few weeks of 2013 have seen a big increase in the weekly number of reservations as more people become aware of the scheme and, crucially, lenders cut interest rates.
FirstBuy, the Gvmnt/Industry funded shared equity scheme that also allows people to get a 95% deposit helped over 10,000 before running out of funds. After pressure from the housing sector, and realising its critical importance, Government extended the scheme deadline and allocated further funds that will help a further 16,500 people buy their own home.
Stewart Baseley, HBF Executive Chairman, said today:
“This report reveals the extent of our housing crisis and the challenge faced by today’s young people. Unlike previous generations that took home ownership for granted, today’s generation have a mountain to climb if they wish to own their own home. We are creating a locked out generation.
“However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel and there are now several ways for people to buy with a more normal deposit. Government backed schemes such as Newbuy are offering real options for people looking to buy – or move home – and we are seeing more and more take advantage.”
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Notes to Editors:
1. The Home Builders Federation (HBF) is the representative body of the home building industry in England and Wales. The HBF’s 300 member firms account for some 80% of all new homes built in England and Wales in any one year, and include companies of all sizes, ranging from multi-national, household names through regionally based businesses to small local companies: www.hbf.co.uk